Stephen Pratley’s Blog

Why your SEO is leaving you in a sticky mess, and how to fix it.

If website traffic was cake, SEO would be like the cherry on the cake. Not the cake itself. The “cake” is traffic that you can control, that you can turn on and off at will, that you can get started quickly, and that you can keep testing until you have a process that at least breaks even.…

What selling rubber willies taught me about conversion principles

Way back in the early 2000's I had one of the best initiations into learning about online conversion that there is, running a 7 figure business that relied entirely on affiliate commissions. I was building a 2 million-name email list, and profited from it only when I made a sale or a lead for one of my clients.…

Get off the fence and start buying customers.

Another question from one of my Foundation Funnel customers. “My funnel is in place, thanks to your help, and I have a product that is making a bit more than breakeven on my Facebook ads. What do I do now? Start testing and optimising, or scale up the traffic?” Now I know this guy really knows the answer, he’s just scared to start spending ad dollars on something that isn’t making the kind of returns that the Fartbook gloaters are claiming.…

How to become a Grand Master, or throw it all away

After the high of Wednesday night’s event I needed a bit of downtime last night, so I treated myself to a binge-watch of Billions. There’s a great scene in the first series where Chuck Rhoades, the District Attorney, has screwed up a case against Bobby Axelrod – a billionaire hedge fund manager accused of insider trading.…

All MAPPED out

Last night I gave a talk to about 40 up and coming digital marketers in London, all about increasing conversion rates when you’re selling online. I shared some foundation work I do with private clients before I even start mucking about with their ads, landing pages or emails.…